02-01-2016 12:44 PM
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  1. syscrh's Avatar
    First of: I don't use any Microsoft Account based services on my Lumia 730 other than the Windows Store. I'm also very open-minded and I would switch to another platform in a heartbeat if I'd find something better-suited for my needs. [I've been a Linux user from 2010 to 2015 and used several different Linux distros and even tried making a hackintosh out of a Lenovo ThinkPad X230 (non tablet)]

    Some examples how I try to avoid vendor lock-in:
    - Contact/Calendar syncing: ownDrive as the backend
    - Bookmarks: Xmarks is my friend (I use Edge on all Windows devices, but don't want to get locked into the MS ecosystem)
    - Mail: Zoho Mail and PGP is my backend of choice (frontend: preinstalled Email application + OpenPGP for Windows Phone)
    - Passwords: KeePass as my backend (frontend: WinPass on my Lumia 730 and KeePass 2 on my laptop)
    - News: feedly as the backend (NextGen Reader as the frontend)
    - File syncing: BitTorrent Sync (sadly I have to manually sync my Windows Phone files because BitTorrent Sync is not allowed to access my phone's storage and to run in the background)
    - Notes: Wunderlist, OneNote
    - Messaging: Telegram, Skype (sometimes Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp)


    I own three phones at the moment: Nokia Lumia 730, bq Aquaris X5, Samsung Galaxy S3 and I prefer my Windows 10 Mobile device over both Android devices (the bq is running nearly vanilla Android 5.1.1 and should be running 6.0 within the next months; Galaxy S3 is running stock Android 4.3).

    I don't exactly know why this is that I like Windows Mobile ...
    My main factor are the Live Tiles. They are amazing!
    Android's static icons are really boring and my home screens always have a lot of unused blank space or look cobbled together.
    On Windows 10 Mobile every millimeter is used space and gives me animated information generated by the installed applications. Haven't seen such a great concept on any other (mobile) platform (be it Ubuntu, Android, iOS, Sailfish OS, whatever you call it ...)!
    Live Tiles work great on convertible laptops, too. They fit perfectly with my ThinkPad X230t.

    Somehow when I use an Android device I feel like I'm using an OS that does not really fit onto a mobile device. When I use a Windows Mobile device it feels like the OS that's better suited for phones.

    The second thing I miss with Android are the poorly programmed applications :P Tapatalk as an example (to be honest, I don't like the Android version either ...)
    sunnybyday likes this.
    01-30-2016 12:28 PM
  2. mayconvert's Avatar
    live tiles, dark mode, people based reminders.

    there isn't anything else To miss.
    01-31-2016 12:47 AM
  3. vishwas_prabhu's Avatar
    I don't exactly know why this is that I like Windows Mobile ...
    My main factor are the Live Tiles. They are amazing!
    Android's static icons are really boring and my home screens always have a lot of unused blank space or look cobbled together.
    On Windows 10 Mobile every millimeter is used space and gives me animated information generated by the installed applications. Haven't seen such a great concept on any other (mobile) platform (be it Ubuntu, Android, iOS, Sailfish OS, whatever you call it ...)!
    Live Tiles work great on convertible laptops, too. They fit perfectly with my ThinkPad X230t.

    Somehow when I use an Android device I feel like I'm using an OS that does not really fit onto a mobile device. When I use a Windows Mobile device it feels like the OS that's better suited for phones.
    Exactly how I feel
    gumbedamit likes this.
    01-31-2016 03:23 AM
  4. ShaneRay's Avatar
    I thought I'd miss the start screen with its live tiles when I was considering the switch, but when I really thought about it I realized the tiles were much more form than function. That is, only one or two tiles had any genuine use for me: Weather is the only one that comes to mind at the moment. All others generally required me to go into the app anyway or to wait for the tile to cycle through some info...which meant it was quicker to just open the app. Then we had the introduction of Action Center which duplicated some of the tiles' functions.

    And I was right....don't miss them at all. But, that's just me. They certainly add a unique look to the home screen--which I guess could be a good enough reason to miss them-- but that's about it.

    To each is own, though. :)
    rastanac likes this.
    01-31-2016 09:19 AM
  5. TLRtheory's Avatar
    I frequently switch between my Lumia 950, Nexus 5 and iPhone 5.

    It's never long lived either. Soon as I get that Apple itch, I'm immediately reminded why it's not my daily driver. I don't like the camera app on iPhone, Siri just doesn't get it right like Cortana does, and since there's so little I can control on the platform as far as widgets/quick access goes, "the most user friendly smartphone" is actually more work for me... also the one day battery life just doesn't cut it after being exposed to so many Windows Phones that give me 1.5-2 days without some monstrous case.

    Since I actually was originally an android fanatic, I have a lot of time and money invested into the Play Store. Most of that's due to the Xperia Play, though I do also have a Nexus 5. I won't make a big stink about crashing on Android because; while I still catch hell from ANRs with my always-up-to-date Nexus 5, they aren't as frequent as they used to be. My problem is with efficiency and lack of a complete ecosystem.
    rastanac likes this.
    01-31-2016 09:40 AM
  6. tohoshinki's Avatar
    Its always the little things that I end up missing. I have never found an android keyboard that comes close to what's on WP8.1. I also always find myself missing the SMS app when I use android. The windows phone app is so clean and quick. I get no lag loading up nearly 5 years of SMS but on android it normally struggles loading conversations over 6 weeks.

    Nothing will ever replace Nokia Pro Camera Either. I wish my DSLR used the same straightforward interface.
    MikeSo likes this.
    01-31-2016 10:02 AM
  7. tweet2nowhere's Avatar
    I went to purchase a backup l640 from wallyworld for $30, and came home with a new ZTE Zmax2 yesterday for $79 also.
    I installed Microsoft office, Skype, and MS arrow launcher. Oh yeah, Cortana too. Im going all MS as much as possible removing scroogled apps. I'll be playing around with this until the fall, I think. I am not waiting in a surface phone, but if there was ever a best time to try out Android, this pause in available WP devices is it.
    I do have my 640 to keep up with W10, and I think the Android testbwill give me a more qualified perspective.
    libra89 likes this.
    01-31-2016 10:46 AM
  8. madapo's Avatar
    and all is good? :P :P
    01-31-2016 06:25 PM
  9. madapo's Avatar
    Come on guys i have Microsoft Lumia 950 xl and Oneplus 2 64gb.
    NOW android phone is 10000% better than Lumia 950xl.
    With android now i have cortana, perfect version for skype (not awful WP10 skype), Perfect Outlook app and Amazing version for Microsoft Office.
    So now my first phone AND CHOICE is Android (Yes i know. :( BUT 950XL is nothing special, NO PREMIUM DEVICE and Without apps. For 950xl i love only good Photos and amazing Cortana. Only this. The design is not good.)
    rastanac likes this.
    01-31-2016 06:36 PM
  10. MikeSo's Avatar
    What I miss, in Android:

    The excellent tile layout.
    The live tiles
    The action center with customizable shortcuts
    Groove music app (the Android one sucks)
    Cortana's natural voice interaction and BT integration
    Bing rewards integration
    The app list with letter search

    Plus small things here and there..
    01-31-2016 09:07 PM
  11. rastanac's Avatar
    Alas I tried with Windows phone, for so long, have been back n forth from iOS to WP, but now I have leapt across to Android and the only thing I miss is the Live tiles and pin to home from pretty much anywhere, always thought android was laggy, but even iOS is laggy if you don't own the latest and greatest extremely expensive iPhone, Android seems to have improved so much recently, with so much more to give, the freedom to do what you want and change what you want, really makes the device feel yours. I may get another Lumia 640 if I see one cheap, just to see what the windows 10 development is doing, but the app gap and lack of google services and the amazing fact that all Microsoft apps are by far better on iOS and Android, tells me missing one feature really doesn't justify sticking with windows phone, shame really. A platform needs developers on board to survive, be it gaming machines, phones etc...and Windows phones tries but just doesn't come through each time, will be sad to see windows phones die a death.
    I'm in the same boat in terms of your thoughts around reasons of potentially jumping to iOS or Android. It's really a shame - Windows 10 mobile has a promise but you can only wait for too long :(
    01-31-2016 09:52 PM
  12. rastanac's Avatar
    It's interesting to see that a lot of those who responded to my question, and who have switched to Android, are using LG G4 which is the one I'm planning to get :)
    01-31-2016 11:01 PM
  13. mariusmuntean's Avatar
    Moved to IOS. I really do miss my 1520 on 8.1. Not because my iphone is not fast, but simply because WP was different, it had that wow factor somehow. But again, I am talking about WP 8.1. I will never miss W10Mobile, never, it's the worst OS I've ever seen, I cannot believe MS could produce such a joke. I mean I do believe, it was the same with WP7, a joke.
    02-01-2016 01:33 AM
  14. greynightshirt's Avatar
    I've switched to an iPhone 5s very recently and the only thing I miss is Glance. On the whole the experience is so much better on iOS than the Lumia 950 XL was for me, it's astonishing. I loved loved LOVED Windows Phone 8.1 but the hilariously horrible Windows 10 Mobile experience on the 950 XL and Microsoft's attitude made me leave WP for now, and I couldn't be happier. Don't know if I'll come back when the Surface Phone comes out
    mariusmuntean likes this.
    02-01-2016 02:22 AM
  15. Tips_y's Avatar
    I moved from Android to WP and I miss the slow or non_existent updates. And I also miss the virus infection - I got infected twice while I was in Android.. LOL! Oh, by the way, I love W10M.
    02-01-2016 07:23 AM
  16. BlueEchoes's Avatar
    After 2 months with a Windows Phone, I have switched back to the iPhone. I hate having to do it, because I think the Windows Phone is across the board better in OS and hardware, but the most important thing it loses is the reason why I had to go back. The lack of apps has forced me to go back. Of the 4 apps I use for work, that I need on an hourly basis, 2 of them are not even on the Windows Phone. The 2 that are have issues. I cannot get work done on my Windows Phone but I can on an iPhone. Sad really. I hate that I had to carry an iPhone so I can run 2 little apps that were not on the Windows phone for work. Other things as well like trying to control my Honeywell WiFi thermostat. No official app, and the only one out there does not cut it. Even with there are apps that are on both platforms, the iOS app is always more advanced than the Windows OS version. Even the Outlook app on the iPhone blows away the Outlook app on the Windows phone.

    I am not going to spend huge $$$ to get a 128gb iPhone, so I will carry my Windows Phone with a 128gb MicroSD card in it as a music player. I will miss not having to charge my phone every day. The iPhone can't make 8 hours of use without charging it. Windows phone lasted 2-3 days without a charge.

    When Microsoft apps are better on the iPhone than on a Windows phone, and when other apps are non-existent, I have to move back.
    rastanac likes this.
    02-01-2016 07:45 AM
  17. azend's Avatar
    I switched to iPhone 6s 2 months ago, had been using WP more or less since WP7 and all the way to WP10. Have had iPhone 3, 3s, 4, 4s and now 6s. I have also used a few android devices, most recent Galaxy 4 iirc. The reason was I got tired to wait for local apps, here in Sweden they are almost non-existent because of low user count of WP. I have tried to stay open to all platforms and not listened to 60% of my friends that LOVE iPhone, and the other 39% loving android.

    BUT, I miss WP a lot. I thought all my problems would be solved with iPhone, but no no no.... I miss many features of WP:
    - Notifications, badges, etc - how they are handled is a big difference, and WP is way better. At least WP8.1, didnt use WP10 that much before i switched.
    - Live Tiles. Didn't think I would miss them, but I do.
    - WhatsApp integration. Maybe a small thing, but receiving a call in WhatsApp on iOS is just... rediculus.
    - Action Center
    - Responsiveness and overall speed on WP is much better, even on a 2 year old phone compared to this new iPhone.
    - The keyboard is sooooooo much better on WP than iOS, this will probably be the reason I go back to WP soon (if I do).

    I do still recognize the app-problem on WP, so I don't think I can go 100% WP. Probably need to have both phones with me, iPhone for apps and WP for rest :)
    rastanac likes this.
    02-01-2016 08:48 AM
  18. William Bergmann's Avatar
    I miss the UI in general, the keyboard, and the phone / VVM 'apps'.

    I miss the responsiveness of the phone. I hugely miss having a decent camera :p

    The one app I miss is Tweetium.
    02-01-2016 08:59 AM
  19. Sunstorming's Avatar
    After 2 months with a Windows Phone, I have switched back to the iPhone. I hate having to do it, because I think the Windows Phone is across the board better in OS and hardware, but the most important thing it loses is the reason why I had to go back. The lack of apps has forced me to go back. Of the 4 apps I use for work, that I need on an hourly basis, 2 of them are not even on the Windows Phone..
    No one NEEDS an app for work on their own phone. IF your workplace requires you to use an App, your workplace cannot force you into your own, personal phone and has to provide you with one that is acceptable.
    02-01-2016 09:24 AM
  20. johnson_patrickw's Avatar
    Lots are saying live tiles however I don't miss them at all.

    The lack of jump lists however is brutal. Currently its the only thing I miss.
    02-01-2016 10:10 AM
  21. rastanac's Avatar
    Thank you all for the comments, inputs, feedback. I've decided to purchase an LG G4, now waiting for it to be delivered. I'll continue to use a Lumia 1520 and 930 so will continue to monitor the progress of Windows 10 mobile. Good luck to us all!
    greynightshirt likes this.
    02-01-2016 10:23 AM
  22. Remington Forde's Avatar
    Switched from lumia 820 to sony xperia z3 dual and what i miss most is how the os handles multimedia... windows didnt save over copies and copies of the same file, taking up space.

    other stuff i miss are:
    the glance screen
    the action centre
    the live tiles
    pinning something/anything to the homescreen (eg, directions, a web page, a contact, a file)
    voice commands
    integration from computer to phone
    the simplicity and ease in which the os can be used
    wordflow
    xbox games
    manageability of contacts
    the dark themes
    the layout of apps
    the camera
    being able to store media from apps straight to the memory card
    the live tile backgrounds and auto themes
    ability to do a simple, quick search
    my phone didnt stick and was always responsive
    i liked watching the dots move as something was loading or searching
    nightmode with the reduced brightness and alternative colour options
    the option to swipe away one or all of a group of notifications.
    storage checker
    quick/bulk releases of updates

    what i would have wanted would have been smart dialing where if i put in a number and its in my phone the name would come up without me having to dial the number
    02-01-2016 12:33 PM
  23. Muessig's Avatar
    Please use this long-established thread for exactly this topic: http://forums.windowscentral.com/gen...ment-here.html
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    02-01-2016 12:44 PM
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